The definitive, chronological, and up-to-date guide on collecting Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 2 & Vol. 3 comic books via omnibuses, hardcovers, and trade paperback graphic novels. A part of Crushing Krisis’s Collecting X-Men: A Definitive Guide. Last updated April 2016 with titles scheduled for release through December 2016.
In 2011, Marvel ended their longest-running and highest-numbered title when they cancelled Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 1 with #544 to make way for a split in the X-Men between Cyclops and Wolverine.
In retrospect, the move didn’t make much sense. The subsequent Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 2 was still written by Kieron Gillen with a similar tone and cast – just less Wolverine and Kitty Pryde. It was by many accounts (including mine) one of the best runs of X-Men ever written. Sadly, that tile would also see cancellation 20 issues later, along with the end of Avengers vs. X-Men.
In the wake of Avengers vs. X-Men, Marvel relaunched their entire line with nearly every creator shuffled onto a new book. In the shake-up, Brian Bendis hopped from the Avengers franchise to the X-Men franchise, taking over Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 3 and adding All-New X-Men to the mix. This book of time-shifted young X-Men (and new cast members in Uncanny) pulled focus off of a vibrant new generation of X-students cultivated in the past decade and sent the flagships into a spiral of recursion where most of the plot was about the new characters being mad about the plot. Like a three-year-long episode of Seinfeld, almost nothing of significance happens during this run.
Bendis promised a lengthy run on X-Men, but another creator shuffle after Secret Wars in 2015 saw him depart the franchise for Iron Man in the All-New, All-Different Marvel. In his place, Cullen Bunn took over Uncanny X-Men. After a long streak of wrapping up soon-to-be-cancelled series for other writers, Bunn improbably struck gold on a menacing take on Magneto in his first ongoing series. He brought that villainous tone to Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 4.
Meanwhile, All-New X-Men, Vol. 2 was back under the direction of Dennis Hopeless (who had written the young X-Men before on X-Men: Seasone One). A third, brand-new title – Extraordinary X-Men – launched under the pen of Jeff Lemire. Despite having a fan-friendly cast anchored by Storm and Nightcrawler, Extraordinary tied in closely to the current plot of the Inhumans and their Terrigen Bomb – not terribly popular with x-fans.
- Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 2 by Kieron Gillen (2011 – 2012)
- Marvel Now: Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 3 & All-New X-Men by Brian M. Bendis (2013 – 2015)
- All-New, All-Different Marvel Now: Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 4, Extraordinary X-Men, & All-New X-Men, Vol. 2 (2015 – present)
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Begins after the resolution of Schism, parallel to other “Regenesis” issues of X-Men – including new co-flagship Wolverine and the X-Men #1, X-Men Legacy #259, X-Factor #230, Astonishing X-Men #44, New Mutants #33, X-Men #20, Uncanny X-Force #19, Wolverine #17, & Generation Hope #13.
In the Marvel Universe, Schism & Regenesis occur after the conclusions of Children’s Crusade and Fear Itself.
After a well-conceived but badly-executed schism in the X-Men, half of the team remains on Utopia while Wolverine returns to New York with the others.
Uncanny retains a powerful and – frankly – villainous main cast of Cyclops, Emma Frost, Storm, Magneto, Namor, Colossus (with his new Juggernaut powers) and his sister Magik, Hope, and Danger – with support from Pyslocke when Emma is indisposed.
X-Men: Schism (ISBN 0785156887)
Collects the Schism mini-series, X-Men: Choosing Sides, and X-Men: Regenesis. Technically, this falls before Uncanny X-Men #544, but it can be read without it. Also available as an oversized hardcover.
#1-4: Uncanny X-Men by Kieron Gillen, Vol. 1
The first arc of Cyclops’s so-called “X-Tinction” team finds them facing off against Mr. Sinister, with art by Carlos Pacheco, and a rogue Phalanx, with art by Brandon Peterson. Available in hardcover.
#5-10: Uncanny X-Men by Kieron Gillen, Vol, 2
The second arc finds Psylocke replacing Emma Frost as they visit the Tabula Rasa environment created in The Dark Angel Saga with well-received artwork by controversial penciller Greg Land. #9-10 is a brief arc featuring a prison break by deadly aliens referencing Gillen’s SWORD mini-series. It co-stars the Avengers, with art from Carlos Pacheco. [Ed. Note: Gillen hits his stride here – this is the best Uncanny has been in over a decade!] Available in hardcover.
#9-10: Secret Wars – Siege: Battlefield
Primarily collects Secret Wars: Siege #1-4.
#11-20: Avengers vs. X-Men Companion Oversized Hardcover
Collects all of the event tie-in issues , including Avengers Academy #29-33; Secret Avengers #26-28; Avengers #25-30; New Avengers #24-30; X-Men Legacy #266-270; Wolverine & The X-Men #9-16, 18; AVX: Consequences #1-5; Uncanny X-Men #11-20, A-Babies VS. X-Babies #1.
Avengers vs. X-Men: Consequences
This five-issue mini-series acts as an epilogue to Cyclops’s arc in this volume of Uncanny. It is also available above in the AvX companion edition.
Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 3 becomes the Brotherhood of Uncanny Mutants as Cyclops leads a small force of veterans (Magneto, Emma Frost, Magik) to recruit new mutants as they appear and wage a physical and public relations war against the mutant status quo. Penned by Avenger scribe Brian Michael Bendis with primary artist Chris Bachalo.
This title is tightly coordinated with All-New X-Men, also by Bendis, so both are listed below.
All-New X-Men as oversized hardcovers…
ANXM #1-10: All-New X-Men, Vol. 1
ANXM #11-15 & 18-21: All-New X-Men, Vol. 2
This skips Battle of the Atom, but includes some material from X-Men Gold
ANXM #16-17 & UXM #12-13: X-Men: Battle of the Atom
X-Men: No More Humans OGN oversized hardcover
Exact placement to be determined after release.
ANXM #22-30: All-New X-Men, Vol. 3
Also includes Guardians of the Galaxy #11-13
Uncanny X-Men as oversized hardcovers…
UXM #1-11 & 14-18: Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 1
This skips Battle of the Atom. 15 is technically 15.INH, but there was not another 15.
UXM #12-13 & ANXM #16-17 & : X-Men: Battle of the Atom
UXM #19-35 & 600: Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 2
Also includes the ANXM and UXM Annuals, which form a single story.
As originally released, roughly in reading order…
ANXM Special: The Arms of the Octopus
Collects a surprisingly pleasing three-part crossover between the specials of All-New X-Men, Indestructible Hulk, and Superior Spider-Man. Also collects a Wolverine one-shot, In the Flesh.
UXM #12-13 & ANXM #16-17: X-Men: Battle of the Atom
The 2013 X-Men 50th Anniversary crossover. Collects X-Men Battle of the Atom #1-2, Uncanny X-Men #12-13, All-New X-Men #16-17, Wolverine & The X-Men #36-37, and X-Men # 5-6. Available in oversized hardcover.
Around this time Magneto ends his full-time cast status and stars in his own series.
X-Men: No More Humans OGN oversized hardcover
Fits between UXM #17-18.
All-New X-Men Annual 1 and Uncanny X-Men Annual 1
Note: Need to determine which standard-size collection includes the two Annuals.
Uncanny X-Men / Iron Man / Nova: No End In Sight
This is primarily an Uncanny X-Men story – it collects Specials from each title. No direct bearing on the ongoing tale.
From here teen Cyclops continues to his own series – see Other Ongoing Series.
Axis: See Marvel Universe Events: Axis. The placement of this is unclear, as the only real clues are the absence of Wolverine and the presence of Cyclops and a young Jean Grey.
ANXM #38-39: Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: Black Vortex
Available in hardcover. Collects: Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha 1, Guardians of the Galaxy 24-25, Legendary Star-Lord 9-11, All-New X-Men 38-39, Guardians Team-Up 2, Nova 28, Cyclops 12, Captain Marvel 14, Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Omega 1.
All-New, All-Different Marvel Now: Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 4, Extraordinary X-Men, & All-New X-Men, Vol. 2 (2015 – present)
The X-Men line-up in All-New, All-Different Marvel now is relatively slim – the ancillary titles like X-Factor and X-Force have disappeared! The titles are:
- All-New X-Men, Vol. 2 (ANXM) – a team of the time-displaced X-Men minus Jean but plus X-23, Kid Apocalypse, and Idie
- Extraordinary X-Men (ExXM) – a team including Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Iceman, Teen Jean, Old Wolverine, and Magik
- Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 4 (UXM) – a team lead by Magneto and including Psylocke
Other X-books in All-New, All-Different Marvel Now include X-23 starring in All-New Wolverine and Old Man Logan in an eponymous book, plus Kitty Pryde in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Death of X #1-4 (ISBN 978-1-302-90337-4)
Told a year after the launch of this era of series, this mini-series explores what occurred in the 8-month gap between the end of Secret Wars and the beginning of All-New, All-Different Marvel.
ANXM #1-6: Inevitable Vol. 1: Ghost of the Cyclops
ExXM #1-5: Vol. 1: X-Haven
UXM #1-6: Superior Vol. 1: Survival of the Fittest
X-Men: Apocalypse Wars Oversize Hardcover
Collects ANXM #9-11, ExXM #8-12, and UXM #6-10
ANXM #7-12: Inevitable Vol. 2: Apocalypse Wars
ExXM #6-11: Vol. 2: Apocalypse Wars
UXM #6-10: Superior Vol. 2: Apocalypse Wars
ANXM #12-16 & Annual: Inevitable, Vol. 3
UXM #11-15: Superior Vol. 3 (ISBN 978-1-302-90313-8)
ExXM #13-16: Vol. 3 (ISBN 978-0-7851-9936-6)
Inhumans vs. X-Men #0-6: Inhumans vs. X-Men oversized hardcover
See Marvel Universe Events
ANXM #17-20 & Annual 1: Inevitable Vol. 4: IvX
UXM #16-19 & Annual 1: Superior Vol. 4: IvX
ExXM #17-20 & TBD: Vol. 4: IvX
After IvX, Uncanny X-Men is retired as the co-flagship for the first time in favor of X-Men Blue and X-Men Gold, referring to the team distinctions from the original 1991 split between Uncanny X-Men and X-Men, Vol. 2. X-Men Blue features the All-New X-Men cast as lead by Magneto(!), still written by Cullen Bunn. X-Men Gold features a family, late-80s flavored cast of Storm, Nightcrawler, Kitty Pryde, Colossus, and Rachel Grey, among others.
X-Men: Blue #1-?: Vol. 1
X-Men: Gold #1-?: Vol. 1